- Code of Conduct
- Tiger Pride Recognition
- Community Service
- Student Discipline
- Arrival & Dismissal Times
- Back to School Night
- Cell phone use, smartwatches & activity trackers
- Change of Address/phone number
- Classroom celebrations
- Dress Standards
- Extended Day Care - Catalyst
- Lost and damaged books
- Lost and found
- montclaire parent teacher organization (MPTO)
- noon duty
- open house
- rainy day procedures
- report of absence (non illness related)
- school board meetings
- school parking lot safety
- School Site Council (SSC)
- teacher-parent conferences
- traffic safety rules
- use of school phone
At Montclaire, we have implemented PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support). PBIS is a framework to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence. It is a school-wide strategy for helping all students achieve important social and learning goals. We know that when good behavior and good teaching come together, our students will excel in their learning. As part of the PBIS framework, we have established clear rules for the behaviors we expect in all areas of our school. We will explicitly teach these expectations to the students and reteach throughout the school year. Our staff will verbally acknowledge students’ appropriate behaviors. For more information about PBIS, please see the Montclaire PBIS Comprehensive Plan.
Teachers, staff and peers recognize students for their achievements through our Tiger Pride recognition system. Pride Paws, Positive Office Referrals and our Student of the Month Program are about encouraging students to show their A, B, C’s! A - Acting Responsibly, B - Behaving Respectfully and C - Caring for others.
Fifth grade students patrol the playground at recess and lunch to look for good behavior from students that adults may not otherwise see. They reward students with Cornerstone Compliments that get to go home. The fifth graders also pair up with one grade level per month and do buddy activities that correlate with the Cornerstone lessons that the students receive every month.
This consists of a group of fourth and fifth grade students who organize, promote and participate in several service projects throughout the school year. In the fall, students prepare and work organizing the Holiday Toy drive. In the spring, a different group of students prepare and organize the 2nd Harvest Food Drive.
Acting Responsibly - Behaving Respectfully - Caring for Others
All Montclaire students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is courteous, respectful, and responsible. Behaving appropriately is an essential aspect of learning. At Montclaire, policies and programs are in place to promote good citizenship and a positive, safe learning environment. We believe that all students can behave appropriately at school if they know what’s expected of them.
We want to encourage students to make appropriate choices and have positive relationships with their peers and adults. Montclaire strives to foster a school atmosphere that is conducive to learning and growing. The purpose of behavior consequences is for students to learn from their experiences and grow in character and social responsibility. Discipline consequences may also be necessary to maintain the safety and well being of everyone. Successful disciplinary practices require the understanding and support of the entire school community. Classroom teachers will work directly with students/parents on an action/behavior plan to improve behavior.
Bullying involves a real or perceived imbalance of power, with the more powerful child or group bothering those who are less powerful. Bullying may be physical (hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing), verbal (taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, threatening), or psychological (spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, or promoting social exclusion, extortion, or intimidation). Bullying is absolutely not tolerated and any child experiencing it should report it immediately to their classroom teacher. An action plan will be put in place to curb the behavior.
For more information about our Discipline Plan at Montclaire and see our Discipline Flow Chart, please see our PBIS Comprehensive Plan.
School begins at 8:30am and students may not arrive before 8:15am. Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds after they arrive unless checked out by an adult in the office. Students are to go home immediately after dismissal from school as there is no supervision on the campus after school is dismissed. K-3 students staying on campus to wait for a 4-5 grade sibling and/or friend must be accompanied by an adult and need to either be waiting at the covered lunch tables or on the Big Blue play structure. There is still learning going on in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms (Rooms 14-19) and students on the blacktop and field are a distraction so please be sure they are only in one of those two spaces and with an adult. We appreciate your assistance in keeping the campus quiet while the upper graders are learning.
Each day a student is absent, please call the Montclaire Absence Reporting Line at (650) 967-9388 ext. 6 by 8:30am. This is a 24-hour telephone number. Absences must be reported each day; otherwise the absences will be unexcused. Excused absences are those related to: illness or injury (if accompanied by a medical note), quarantine, funerals or medical/dental appointments (must bring medical/dental note when arriving to school late). All other absences are defined by the State as unexcused. This includes family travel and vacations.
Delay & Tardy
Students arriving after the 8:30am bell, for any reason, must report to the office for a delay slip. Students arriving after 9:00am are considered tardy. If a student arrives at school late from a medical/dental appointment, a doctor’s note is required for the missed time to be considered excused.
Excessive delays will result in the following:
- 5 delays in a school year will result in a Late Letter
- delays in a school year will result in a second Late Letter and a meeting with the Principal
- 12 delays in a school year will result in a School Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.) meeting
Excessive tardies or unexcused absences will result in the following:
- 3 tardies or unexcused absences in a school year will result in a Truancy Letter
- 4 tardies or unexcused absences in a school year will result in a second Truancy Letter and a meeting with the Principal
- 6 tardies or unexcused absences in a school year will result in a School Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.) meeting.
This year's Back to School Night is scheduled for August 31, 2023. During this event, parents are provided with an opportunity to meet their children's teachers and to hear about their school program. Homework policies, classroom standards and routines are addressed. This night is for parents only; students are invited to Open House in the spring.
Cell phones should not be used on school campus. Students are allowed to bring them but they MUST be stored in their backpack all day. Cell phones should NOT be used for any reason, including making phone calls, taking pictures, watching videos, accessing social media, etc. on school grounds. Students are allowed to wear smartwatches and other activity trackers, however, they are not to be used to make calls, text or access social media. If they become a distraction to the learning environment, they may be asked to be removed.
Classroom celebrations held during the school day involving food will be limited to once a month and must meet nutritional requirements. Parents must get prior approval from the teacher before bringing food for these occasions.
- If parents and students want others to share in their birthday celebrations by providing something for students, they may provide non-edible items ONLY, such as pencils or stickers. Invitations and thank yous for birthdays should NOT be passed out at school.
- Students are not allowed to share food with other students due to food allergies and dietary restrictions.
The Cupertino Union School District dress code standards are in place to promote a positive and safe learning environment for students. We ask that parents monitor their child’s choices each morning. As a general rule, students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate, clean, and does not offend others.
In addition, the following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, etc.
- Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs, and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.
Students also need to dress in a manner that allows them to successfully participate in physical education activities. Appropriate dress for special events will be communicated to parents and students by the school.
As part of a student’s education, homework is important for learning good work habits, responsibility, and study skills. We believe homework should be defined as “an assignment related to class work that will be turned in at a specific time”. Some examples include: book reports, studying for spelling tests, preparation for oral reports, completion of work not finished in class, extra practice in a skill area, studying for a test, and writing assignments.
Homework expectations may differ as to types of homework activities and amount of time for each grade level. Homework is generally limited to Monday through Thursday and is not assigned over the major holiday breaks; with the exception of long-term projects (i.e. book reports).
It is important that our students follow good health practices at all times and be kept at home when they are ill. Students should not be in school when they are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Nausea/vomiting or diarrhea (must remain at home until they are symptom free for 24 hours)
- Severe headache
- Continuous coughing or sneezing
- Evidence of a communicable illness/disease such as a rash, swelling or unusual sore throat. Note: If a student has a rash, they cannot be at school unless we have a doctor’s note specifying that the rash is non-contagious.
- A temperature of 100 degrees or higher (must remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducer such as Tylenol)
If a student is sent home from school for feeling ill, they may not return that day.
Excessive illnesses will result in the following:
- 7 non-verified illness days in a school year will result in an Illness Letter
Students can accumulate up to 6 non-verified illness days in a school year. Upon reaching 7 illness days, a letter is sent home notifying parents that any additional absences during the school year due to illness must be verified by your student’s healthcare provider. Therefore, if your student is sick during the school year and visits a doctor, please bring in a doctor’s note. This will help limit the number of non-verified illness days for your student.
Communicable illness/disease is one of the leading causes of childhood morbidity and school absence. If your child’s physician or the County Public Health Department has verified that your child has a communicable disease, you must inform the school staff so that we can send home potential exposure notices to the class. This will assist us with preventing the spread of illness or infection to other students and staff members. Communicable illnesses include but are not limited to the following:
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
- Chickenpox (Shingles)
- E. Coli
- Fifth Disease
- Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease
- Head Lice
- Meningitis (Viral and Bacterial)
- Roseola Infantum (a viral infection with rash)
- Scarlet Fever (Streptococcal)
- Staphylococcus Aureus- Methicillin Resistant (MRSA)
- Strep Throat
- Viral Gastroenteritis (in 2 or more children in a class)
Students injured while at school will first be inspected by the teacher, who will either keep the student under observation in the classroom or for a more serious injury, send the student to the office for first aid. The appropriate first aid will be performed by office staff, who are first aid certified.
Parents will be contacted and asked to come for the child, if exhibiting the following:
- Temperature 100 degrees or above, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, evidence of a communicable disease.
- Complaints from the child of feeling ill when the child was home the day before or felt ill before coming to school.
- Any severe accident, including a deep cut, possible fracture or dislocation, or any accident requiring immediate medical attention.
- No child is sent home until the parent is contacted and transportation arranged. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent.
The lost and found is located outside of the playground building next to the bathrooms and water fountain. All articles found on the school grounds will be placed there. Please check the lost and found regularly if your child is missing clothing, lunch boxes, or other such items. Unclaimed articles will be donated to charity once a month.
Hot lunch (includes milk or juice) is available. Students enter their Student ID number when going through the lunch line. Using the blue lunch ordering envelopes, you may deposit money into your child's lunch account. Lunch payment envelopes are available in the office or you can pay online at family.titank12.com.
** Parents dropping off bag lunches after the start of school should place these on the counter in the main hallway by the front door. Please inform your student ahead of time to look for their lunch on the counter.
The office will not interrupt classroom instruction time to inform students that their forgotten lunch has been dropped off; remind your student to check the counter in the main hallway by the front door if they ever forget their lunch. If it’s not there they can come to the office and call home.
Medication, whether prescription or non-prescription, may only be administered at school with written permission from the treating physician and the parent. Medical authorization forms are available in the school office. Students are not allowed to carry medication, including inhalers, cough drops, cough medicine, vitamins, etc, in their pockets or backpacks.
Board of Education business is conducted at public meetings generally held at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. The schedule can vary during the summer and holidays. Most meetings are held in the Boardroom of the District's Administrative Office, located at 1309 S. Mary Avenue, Suite 150, in Sunnyvale. Agendas are posted on the District's website 72 hours in advance of each regular meeting, and 24 hours before a special meeting.
Parking on the campus is provided only in designated spaces. Parking illegally could result in a ticket from the Los Altos Police. There are a few open spots in the front parking lot which may be used by parents. Parents should not park in reserved parking spots. Cars dropping off and picking up students should use the curbed area in front of the school or the playground gate entrances on Stonehaven and Kent Drives. Cars dropping off students should not drive beyond the stop sign and crosswalk to the right of the parking lot as this is staff parking only and also serves as the CuperDoodle Preschool drop off and pick up area.
Montclaire has instituted a traffic safety program to ensure the safety and protection of our students during the morning arrival and afternoon pickup times. Because we want everyone to be safe, we have developed the following rules:
- The back parking lot is for staff parking only, not drop off/pick up. The only exception if drop off and pick up for CuperDoodle Preschool.
- Pull forward in the loading zone. Drop children off quickly at the curb and leave to make room for other cars. Do not leave your car unattended in the drop-off zone.
- Children must be let out of the car at the curb only, not from the middle of the parking lot. Make sure they exit on the curbside from your car.
- Do not double-park anywhere on or adjacent to campus.
- There is no stopping or loading/unloading of passengers at any time in the red curb zones.
- Do not use the handicapped parking spaces for unloading passengers.
If there is an emergency and a student needs to communicate with his/her parent during school hours, the teacher may send the student to the office to call the parent. Forgotten homework/books and arranging for after school social events are not emergencies and students will not be allowed to use the school phone for such purposes.
Montclaire welcomes all parents and guardians who are interested in volunteering.
If you were hoping to:
- Volunteer in your child's classroom (prior arrangements with teacher is necessary)
- Provide lunch time assistance or stop by to eat lunch on campus with your child
- Assist with special events
- Drive and/or chaperone field trips (Note: a valid CA Driver License and insurance coverage also required.)
We must have the following information on file for you:
- fingerprint clearance
- a negative TB test (done within the next 4 years detailed information below)
- complete COVID-19 vaccinations
- completed Volunteer Information Agreement Authorization Form
Note: We do REQUIRE that you sign in at the office and wear a visitor's badge before going into classrooms or to the playground. This is a California mandated requirement for the protection of the children.
More information on where to get fingerprinting and TB testing done can be found on the CUSD website.